Sherry Stern: Making a Difference, One Stitch at a Time
Over fifteen years ago, Sherry Stern’s friend asked if she’d like to volunteer as a House Manager for the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s biggest fundraiser of the year: the Holiday Homes Tour. “I had heard of The Wellness Community [as it was called then] but didn’t really know what I was saying yes to,” says Sherry. “Going to the organizing committee meeting, I met a group of wonderful women, with great energy and abilities to get things done.”
Sherry has been an essential part of CscVvsb’s volunteer corps since she first got involved in that Holiday Homes Tour fifteen years ago. She has served as House Manager, House Chair, Boutique Chair, Ticket Chair, and Event Chair. She was also Cashiering Chair for the Design House, another large fundraiser, in 2005. In every one of her volunteer committee positions, Sherry devotes tremendous energy and dedication, working hard to help CscVvsb serve people affected by cancer in our community.
Through her leadership positions with Holiday Homes Tour, Sherry got to know CscVvsb president Suzanne Drace and discovered that they both love to knit. Suzanne had the idea of starting a knitting circle at CscVvsb and asked Sherry to be the chair – and that’s how the Knotty Knitters came about. “It started in 2004 with me and one participant meeting twice a month and the group has now grown to eight or ten of us meeting every week,” says Sherry. “The ladies are participants, volunteers and survivors and we have had a couple of men who have joined us for awhile. Some know how to knit or crochet and some come to learn.”
As a way of giving back to CscVvsb, the Knotty Knitters sell their creations at the Holiday Homes Tour Boutique and donate the proceeds back to the organization. “Selling our knitted items and raising money for CscVvsb completes a circle for the Knotty Knitters. Those who have received help from CscVvsb are able to give back and help others,” says Sherry.
Helping people affected by cancer is a cause close to Sherry’s heart – she lost her mother to ovarian cancer and her grandmother to leukemia. “I know my mother would have benefited from the Cancer Support Community,” says Sherry, who says the best part of volunteering is the people she has gotten to meet. “I feel I have gotten much more from my involvement with CscVvsb than I could possibly give.”
Thank you, Sherry, for taking the time to give back and make a difference!
To learn more about how you can help CscVvsb, please click here or call 805.379.4777.
Knotty Knitters is a free group open to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and family members. Meetings are held Tuesdays at 1pm at CscVvsb, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. No registration or experience required. Call 805.379.4777 to learn more.